Apple huurt expert in met kennis van bestrijding van malware en virussen

Na de explosie van malware bedreigingen voor OS X waarbij eerder dit jaar minstens 650,000 Macs besmet zijn geraakt met malware zijn er nog steeds zo’n 140.000 Macs besmet. We schreven onlangs al dat Kaspersky‘s CEO, Eugene Kaspersky omschreef dat Apple tien jaar achter ligt in Microsoft termen als we spreken over beveiliging van OS X.

Kaspersky CTO Nikolai Grebennikov bevestigde vandaag dat Apple het bedrijf heeft ingehuurd om de beveiliging van OS X te onderzoeken en te verbeteren:

“Mac OS is really vulnerable… and Apple recently invited us to improve its security. We’ve begun an analysis of its vulnerabilities, and the malware targeting it… Our first investigations show Apple doesn’t pay enough attention to security. For example, Oracle closed a vulnerability in Java, which was a target for a major botnet several months ago… Apple blocked Oracle from updating Java on Mac OS, and they perform all the updates themselves. They only released the patch a few weeks ago – two or three months after the Oracle patch. That’s far too long… This botnet, which the security community identified, is a huge sign that Apple’s security model isn’t perfect…

Grebennikov waarschuwde ook dat iOS devices het komende jaar ook te maken met malware maar tot nu toe is dat nog niet het geval.

“Our experience tells us that in the near future, perhaps in a year or so, we will see the first malware targeting iOS.”

Update: Apple heeft niet de hulp ingeroepen van Kaspersky. Dit blijkt uit een rectificatie op computing.co.uk:

“As Mac OS X market share continues to increase, we expect cyber-criminals to continue to develop new types of malware and attack methods. In order to meet these new threats, Kaspersky Lab has been conducting an in-depth analysis of Mac OS X vulnerabilities and new forms of malware.

This security analysis of Mac OS X was conducted independently of Apple; however, Apple is open to collaborating with us regarding new Mac OS X vulnerabilities and malware that we identify during our analysis. Kaspersky Lab is committed to providing the highest level of security for all of our customers, including Mac OS X, and we will continue to enhance our technologies in order to meet the ever-changing threat landscape. “